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REVIEW: “The Ultimate Portable Task Light”

September 22, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminPacked with quality components, the Trie TL3100 (http://goo.gl/653MYV) portable task light has several thoughtful design features that set it apart from its competition. The Trie company recently sent us a TL3100 for review; here’s what we discovered. Is this "the ultimate portable task light?" Who knows, but it's pretty darned good. (Click the pic for more info.) If Apple made a portable light, it might turn out something like the Trie TL3100. This is a premium product boasting a distinctive and well executed design. Any gearhead, grease monkey, or outdoors enthusiast would be happy to have this light in a garage, workplace, or campsite. Trie’s attention to detail starts with the packaging. The TL3100 comes housed in an elegant black box adorned with a minimum of visual clutter. Inside the box rests the work light itself, an AC/DC charging adapter, a sturdy lanyard cord, and a protective silk sleeve case. There’s also an easy-to-read instruction manual that explains the light’s features. Like the packaging, the product boasts... Read more



FOR MEN ONLY

September 18, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

Ladies, we kindly request that you refrain from reading this article. DEAL: Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag (http://goo.gl/Rcl7EU) Men, we’ve written about the this dilemma before. You know the problem. We’re carrying more stuff than ever. Back in the day, a guy could get through the day with little more than an ignition key, a five dollar bill, and a pocket comb. Here's the messenger bag in a MANLY shade of olive green. (Click the pic to get your own.) But these days, most of us have a phone. Sometimes it’s even a smart one. (Dumb phones are getting harder to find.) We also have a tablet, an iPad or whatever, for those times we want a screen large enough to actually read. What about books? Yes, a few of us die hards still read those “dead tree” editions. Say what you will about paper – it does the job and the batteries never quit. Of course we may have a laptop computer – for those times we want an actual keyboard for actual typing. Of course I can’t read anything without my prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Stripped of these crucial items, my world is little more than a colorful blur. And hand sanitizer? Sorry, but I never leave the house without an industrial sized bottle of that stuff. Some say it kills Ebola. While I don’t know about that claim, no one ever died from killing too many germs. Make fun of me if you like; maybe I’ll send flowers when you’re in the hospital with Ebola. Here's the bag in manly... Read more



REVIEW: Nikon MONARCH = Great Binoculars

September 9, 2014 by Loloho.com · Leave a Comment 

A few years ago, we decided to upgrade our binoculars from a set of K-Mart Special el cheapos to something better. After a lot of research, we ended up choosing Nikon MONARCH (http://goo.gl/kw7UOr) binoculars. We opted for the 8×42 magnification, but the binoculars are also available in 10×42 and 12×42 flavors. The binoculars may last a lifetime. (Click the pic for more info.) Quality binoculars are a long term investment for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors. We use ours for observing wildlife like birds and bears in national parks. They are also invaluable for viewing boats and (for those of you who enjoy following the latest fashion trends) bikinis at the beach. Of course they are fun at the football stadium as well. Why did we choose Nikon MONARCH? If you know anything about cameras and lenses, you know the name Nikon. The Nikkor company has a long history of lens manufacture. It makes sense to trust Nikon in designing and manufacturing a set of binoculars, since binoculars are essentially a pair of telephoto lenses that are customized for the human eye instead of a camera sensor. When shopping for nice binoculars, you can find the gamut in features and price range. (For example, check out this $6400 pair of military grade night vision goggles – I want some!) We concluded that Nikon MONARCH were the nicest line of binoculars for the money, offering the most “bang for the buck.” Nikon brings all of its lens construction expertise into the binocular... Read more



Monitor Animals (AND PEOPLE!) with Stealthy Scouting Cameras

September 4, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

One of the most interesting camera purchases we’ve made in recent years is our stealth camera. (http://goo.gl/ZcifuD) These cameras are commonly known as hunting cameras, game cameras, trail cameras, and scouting cameras. They are invaluable for taking pictures and video of animals (and sometimes people) on the sly. The Primos Truth Cam 35 is the #1 bestselling scouting camera. (Click the pic for more info.) The typical scouting camera combines a motion sensor, a basic digital camera (often with basic video capabilities), and an infrared flash. The latter feature is important for taking photos and video in the dark, when many animals and criminals like to prowl. What makes these cameras great? You get photos and video that would otherwise be impossible to capture. Animals (and people up to no good) usually have no idea they are being recorded. Most of these cameras record their photos to an ordinary SD card. They are typically designed to run long periods of time on a set of batteries. We use Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable batteries with our unit. Some people report better success with Lithium batteries, but ours works fine with the Eneloop. Since they are designed for the great outdoors, it’s possible to lock most scouting cameras shut. They can be chained to a tree or fence to discourage theft. You can even get camouflage locking systems (like the Master Lock Python series) to handle this task so the whole package seamlessly blends into the environment. Usually scouting... Read more



A FATHER’S DAY GIFT You’ll Actually Use!

June 4, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Want the best outdoors shirt for summertime RV camping? The best I have found is the Columbia PFG “Performance Fishing Gear”(http://goo.gl/9htQfc) line of shirts. They are an ideal blend of style and function, and help keep you cool on hot days. I bought one of these shirts (in the Tamiami II style), and liked it so much I bought a couple more. I wear these “fishing” shirts even though I’m not much of a fisherman. They are amazingly comfortable, and they look nice too. Mine are short sleeve, but Columbia makes long sleeve and a few different styles. Sporting a Columbia PFG shirt (in the Tamiami II style) at the Yukon's awesome Kluane Lake. Never let grizzly bears see you sweat! Click the pic for more info. What makes these shirts so great? They contain Columbia’s “Omni-Dry” moisture wicking technology. The material draws moisture away from your body where it evaporates into the air. I’m sure there’s a little bit of marketing razzle dazzle here, but this stuff really does work. The material has “quick dry” properties for both water and perspiration. This is the lightest weight fishing shirt that Columbia makes, and the material is state of the art. Columbia simply calls the material polyester, which doesn’t sound exciting – but it is strikingly lightweight, soft and stretchy. Build quality is top notch, with robust threading, stitching, and buttons. Available for men & women, in long & short sleeve, these "fishing"... Read more



BIRDFEEDING: How to Attract Large Birds (Like Redbellied Woodpeckers)

May 8, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

If you want to attract even larger birds to your area, consider using suet cakes (http://goo.gl/jZUuxI) and a suet basket feeder (http://goo.gl/l1ey9u). This is a cheap and effective way to go. Cakes can be purchased in bulk, and the baskets only cost a few dollars. Larger birds like this redbellied woodpecker love eating suet cakes from a tree-mounted basket. (Click the pic to get your own.) As we’ve discussed, many birds love the fatty goodness of suet. Fat contains high amounts of energy (I should know – I’m storing large quantities of “energy” around my midsection). Suet cakes are probably the most popular method of delivering suet. We buy the cakes in bulk quantities. A single cake lasts a long time, so long as you can keep it away from the local raccoons. (More on this in a moment.) Each cake comes individually packaged in a plastic container. It’s recommended that cakes be refrigerated before use, simply because cool suet is more easily removed from the container. But room temperature suet is no problem either. To distribute a suet cake, simply place the cake inside a basket feeder. Then attach the basket feeder to a tree. Why own a suet basket? Larger birds, like redbellied woodpeckers, may not want to land on a seed ball feeder. But these same birds are happy to grab a tree trunk and gobble suet from a basket. Unfortunately, so are raccoons. If you have any raccoons in your area, you’re best advised to place this feeder where... Read more



REVIEW: Merrell “Jungle Mocs” Are Perfect RV Camping Shoes

April 22, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

I recently picked up a third pair of Merrill Jungle Mocs (http://goo.gl/36U3Zn). Although my first two pair are still in great shape – they seem to last forever – I wanted to add a different color. (Insert Imelda Marcos joke here.) These are the best shoes I’ve found for RV camping. How so? Let’s consider some of the unique attributes of RV camping. In a typical day, you go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. You go outdoors. You go indoors. Get the picture? My wife and I like to remove our shoes when stepping indoors. We aren’t strict about it, but if possible we prefer not to track mud and dirt all over our RV floor. So our preference is for shoes that are easily removable (no laces), comfortable, and versatile. If your shoes have extensive lacing, you’ll spend about five hours a day tying and untying your footwear. Look ma! No hands! (Click the pic for more info.) In ideal weather, my favorite camping shoe is a pair of Crocs flip flops. (Crocs is a longtime favorite, and you can read our ode to these flip flops in a separate post.) In all other weather (including cooler good weather) I choose Merrell, a brand of outdoor foot apparel. Merrell makes everything from running shoes to hiking boots to semi-formal shoes. Merrell’s Jungle Mocs are the best thing for RV camping since fresh water. Obviously I haven’t... Read more



REVIEW: Chamberlain’s Leather Milk

April 15, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

Today we’re taking a look at Chamberlain’s Leather Milk (http://goo.gl/2neqnh), a unique leather cleaning and conditioning product that’s a perennial bestseller. If you have leather seats or other leather products in your RV, it’s worth a look. This Chamberlain’s product is touted as “Leather Care Liniment No. 1.” It’s interesting that the company is labeling this product a liniment, since that sounds like something with medicinal value. Is this a magic leather elixir? Indeed, Chamberlain’s Leather Milk promises to do it all. It’s a combination of natural conditioners plus a gentle cleaner. So unlike Lexol, which offers separate cleaning and conditioning products, with Chamberlain’s you can let one product do the work. The gentle nature of the cleaning means the “milk” may be used as often as desired to clean and refresh leather items. It also means that for extra heavy cleaning jobs, you’ll likely want a more robust cleaner. My personal interest is in keeping our tow vehicle SEEMORE’s leather seats well conditioned and looking their best. But Chamberlain’s claims to be effective on all sorts of leather products, including bags, luggage, purses, shoes, boots, saddle/tack, and leather apparel. Just don’t use it on soft leather and suede and you should be fine. Chamberlain’s includes a special applicator pad to ensure you get the best results from the conditioner. The first thing you may notice... Read more



REVIEW: “Cut Resistant” Kevlar Gloves

April 14, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

I keep lots of gloves in our RV – so many that my wife thinks I have a glove hoarding problem and/or fetish. But each pair really does serve a unique purpose. An example is these G&F Kevlar Cut Resistant Gloves (http://goo.gl/SKBvMY) which are designed to protect hands from cuts and abrasions. These gloves are made of cut resistant Kevlar. (Click the pic for more info.) At first glance, these gloves looks like ordinary cotton gardening gloves. But closer inspection reveals that they are made of cut resistant Kevlar. Note that they are cut resistant, not cut proof. If you really wanted to cut these gloves with a sharp knife, you could probably do so. But it would take some effort. Kevlar offers protection from the sort of small cuts that may happen when handling tools like knives and other blades. Some people use these gloves while working with wood. Others like to wear these gloves in the kitchen when using dangerous tools like a Japanese mandolin. If you want your Kevlar gloves to last, use them for cutting tasks ONLY. Use different gloves for work. (Click the pic for more info.) The goal here is to protect one’s hands from sharp edges of metals, ceramics, glass, and other materials. These particular gloves are studded with PVC dots on both sides that provide excellent grip. Note that over time the PVC dots can get damaged as you handle heavy objects. I have worn these Kevlar gloves while working with a chainsaw and handling wood. I have no illusions that these... Read more



REVIEW: Comfort Sleep Mask

April 11, 2014 by Loloho.com · Comments Off 

One popular video on our YouTube Channel (http://goo.gl/8iyFmH) offers advice on sleeping in an RV (http://youtu.be/LUSCATWmR8Y). A quality sleep mask like the Lewis & Clark Comfort Eye Mask (http://goo.gl/HEiSdK) really helps one get a good night of sleep. Advice on sleeping? It sounds crazy, at least until the first time you go camping in your RV. It takes a little time and experience for your sleep in a “home on wheels” to be just as satisfying as sleep in a brick-and-mortar home. With any RV comes a few issues with regard to ambient light and sound. We’ve found that keeping a few key items in the RV like sleep masks makes a big difference when we’re on the road. Most RVs have some “light leakage” issues, and a quality sleep mask solves them all. The "comfort sleep mask" is large (that's a good thing as it blocks out light), and the material is nice and soft. (Click the pic for more info.) It’s also true that sleep involves conditioning. If you regularly wear a sleep mask, you become conditioned to it. In other words, the simple act of putting on the mask can put your mind in a more relaxed state, encouraging sleep. The Lewis & Clark sleep mask is a well regarded bestseller. It’s certainly a cut above the average masks you might find in your local department store. The mask consists of a pad of cushioned material that blocks out light. The material is thick and soft. (If you are sleeping in a very warm climate, it... Read more



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